Well-known fashion design brand Prada was founded in 1913 by Mario Prada. However, it is his youngest granddaughter, Miuccia Prada, who has made the list of Simon Werle’s 50 Fashion Designers You Should Know. Both the Prada brand and her Miu Miu brand have featured crochet.
Miucci Prada didn’t have any design experience when she became a manager of her grandfather’s business in 1978. What she had was a PhD in political science and a unique eye that took Prada in new directions and ultimately made it a name people knew. She presented her first Prada shoe collection in 1983, followed by her first women’s ready-to-wear collecetion two years later. In 1992 she debuted a men’s line as well as her own fashion line, Miu Miu, which is a more affordable line than regular Prada. In 1998 she took introduced a Prada sportwear line and the following year she took over the fashion houses of Jil Sander and Helmut Lang (which were then resold in 2006). In other words, this busy fashion designer and businesswoman never stops taking her fashion ideas in new directions! Although she helped make a name for minimalism in the Prada line in the 1990s, there’s no concise way to sum up her creations because she’s always working to try new things!
Prada crochet dress, collage via Polyvore
Actress Camille Belle in a Prada crochet dress, via Hooked on Crochet
This Prada crochet raffia tote bag is available in Prada’s estore now and sells for about $1300. It is one of several raffia crochet bags sold by Prada today.
Prada coat with crochet pockets
Prada put knit and crochet accessories on the runway and soon people wanted them, so they started making their own crochet pins and other jewelry.
Prada high-heeled sandals with crochet
Miu Miu Crochet
One Sheepish Girl does a great regular feature called The Blush List where she shows off things she loves; one feature was this Miu Miu Knit sweater with crochet detail around the collar
An eBay seller says this crochet dress is a Miu Miu
Crochet Inspired by Prada
That’s Nina Garcia on the left in a Prada dress; on the right is a crochet dress inspired by that Prada design. It’s actually one of several Prada-inspired crochet dresses made by mala100gosia on Flickr.
Lion Brand offered both crochet and knit patterns for these hats that were inspired by hats Prada sent down the runway
This post is part of the Designer Crochet Project, a series of 50 posts about 50 top fashion designers and how they have worked with crochet.